Music to Write By
In an email exchange with a fellow writer, the use of "background noise" was brought up. My friend and colleague mentioned that he always writes with either a movie or music playing in the background. A different colleague on my writing group said she would find it to distracting.
I personally fall into the group of those writers who almost "needs" some background music while I write. I find it really helps me "get into" my writing with mood-appropriate music. As such, I listened to a LOT of Star Wars soundrack while working on Call to Arms (which, incidentally, I've received new inspiration for the rewrite of which I forgot to mention in yesterday's post).
Lacking time for any more substantive posts, I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite writing music -- maybe if you're a writer you can make use of it too:
General - Snow White and the Hunstman, Gladiator, Game of Thrones soundtracks
More upbeat/heroic - Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez; Fantasía para un Gentilhombre
Epic - anything Wagner, but especially the selections found in Excalibur's soundtrack
Space Opera - Star Wars soundtracks, Holst's Planets
Darker/"Cyberpunk" - Blade Runner soundtrack
Obviously not exhaustive, but it's what I have loaded into iTune or which comes to mind. Looking at the list, I realise I've got more fantasy stuff going on, yet in recent years it's all been about sci fi. This is due to my days with Dargonzine when I wrote a fair bit of fantasy. Probably should make more of an effort to get back into that genre some more. No idea why I've drifted away.